IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "Suspicious sign in prevented"


A phishing attempt is circulating, with the Subject line: "Suspicious sign in prevented", and Sender: "McGill University". A sample email is shown below.

Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

It is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. McGill never solicits any such information by email. If you have already clicked on the link in this, email and submitted your personal information, you need to change your McGill Password as soon as possible. See Change your McGill Password for instructions.

Quick links:


Sample phishing scam: 

Subject:   Suspicious sign in prevented

Someone recently used your password to try to sign in to your Account -

We prevented the sign-in attempt in case this was a hijacker trying to access your account. Please review the details of the sign-in attempt:

Friday, February 9, 2014 9:47:44 AM UTC
IP Address: (
Location: Jacksonville FL, Jacksonville, FL, USA

If you do not recognize this sign-in attempt, someone else might be trying to access your account. You should Verify Your Identity by clicking on the link below

http:  //mcgill-edu.  yolasite.  com/